RETREAT ON PURPOSE
(for the Glory of God)
6 “Seek the Lord while he may be found; call upon him while he is near;
7 let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts; let him return to the Lord, that he may have compassion on him, and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.
8 For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord.
9 For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.
10 “For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven and do not return there but water the earth, making it bring forth and sprout, giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater,
11 so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it.
WHO WE ARE
CWR exists to 1) help the Body of Christ make every life choice based on a God-centered view of the world, 2) advance the Gospel of Christ in the world through strong Christian families, and 3) ensure that Christian Individuals and families are in a position to live out their calling and vocation for God’s Glory. We do this by focusing on three core values: Truth, Family, and Purpose. We believe this will create a culture within the Church that resembles a Biblical picture of Christian community.
There is only one Author and one story, and we only have one purpose.
Until all individuals who call themselves Christians truly see the world the way God sees it, the Church will not make the difference in the world to which it has been called.
This is why we, at CWR, feel that God has called us to put together a place that will make a significant contribution toward the restoration of the Biblical Culture of the Church. Cumberland Wilderness is a ministry with a commitment to teaching Biblical Worldview as a foundational first step in putting believers in a position that they will not be taken captive by the hollow and deceptive philosophies of this world.
According to Barna Research Group, only 9% of all Americans and only 18% of born again adults possess a Christian Worldview. As a result, believers are walking away from the Church every day. Biblical Worldview instruction provides relevant and logical representation of Truth. As biblical Truth anchors an individual’s worldview, it empowers them to live a life full of joy and satisfaction.
Because the Family is the basic unit of the Body of Christ and the Family is under attack from the enemy of our souls, our facilities and curriculm provide support for all families. Our environments minister to all families including those who are thriving and longing for a getaway from the chaos of secular society and those who are on the verge of collapse.
God established the family as a powerful foundation from which to build His Church and spread His Great Name among the nations. However, today, one in every two Christian marriages crumble. Lives are destroyed and Christian culture is losing its influence in the public square. The focus at Cumberland Wilderness on the family is aimed at the restoration of biblical culture that serves as a light on a hill in a darkening world.
We wholeheartedly believe in helping individual Christians find their place in the work that God is doing in the world. This is for two reasons. First, the God of the Universe has gifted every believer to serve Him and participate in the redemption of mankind locally and globally. Believers are literally stealing from God when we use the eternal gifts He has given us for temporal purposes. Second, until believers find the purpose for which God created him/her, we will find ourselves longing for something more. We are ultimately satisfied in life when we are maximizing our gifts in his eternal service. Cumberland Wilderness Retreat intentionally focuses on helping believers find and engage in their supernatural calling/purposes for a fulfilled life and a positive eternal impact.
In a little over a decade, Rick Warren’s Purpose Driven Life has reached over 30 million copies sold. Human beings crave purpose. Augustine expressed to God that his heart was “restless until it rests in you”. Biblical Truth makes it clear that every beating heart has been created for significance according to God’s purpose. Yet so few people are living out God’s calling in a significant way. At Cumberland Wilderness Retreat, one of our passions is to help people discover and live out God’s calling in their lives.
It is this focus on using worldview training to provide a foundation for stabilizing the Family and discovering personal purpose that makes the Cumberland Wilderness distinctive.